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ReAct shares 10 years of global experiences to address antibiotic resistance at meeting in El Salvador

2016-10-26

15 December 2015

ReAct visits the national medicines regulatory agency of El Salvador and tours their laboratory facility.
ReAct visits the national medicines regulatory agency of El Salvador and tours their laboratory facility.

On December 1-5, the “First National Encounter for the Formation of a National Platform on Antibiotic Resistance” was held in San Salvador, El Salvador

The goal of the weekly meeting was to promote development of a national platform on antibiotic resistance in El Salvador and Central America with a multi-sectoral holistic approach. All in the context of well-being and aligned with the Global Action Plan. The event was designed to initiate cooperation and institution building with an emphasis on social participation, empowerment and creation of action networks.

ReAct there to share experiences

ReAct participated with representatives from all five nodes to share diverse experiences working in many different countries. ReAct presented a series of good practices, materials, technical tools, and processes for training change agents on community, national and global levels.

Participants from many different sectors

The meeting was attended by a wide range of stakeholders and was broadcast over the web to various institutions in El Salvador and abroad. Participants who actively took part in the meeting came from the agriculture and livestock sector, health and medicine, the national drug regulatory agency, and the national forum for health amongst many others.

Will continue forward

The meeting concluded with high aspirations to continue forward in development of a multi-stakeholder platform, using a One Health approach to address the problem of antibiotic resistance in humans, animals and the environment. Participants highlighted the need to also use formal and informal education to meet these goals. Participants urged El Salvador to organize a regional meeting around formation of national platforms on ABR in Central America, hopefully to be held in late 2016.

“First National Encounter for the Formation of a National Platform on Antibiotic Resistance” was organized by the Ministry of Health, El Salvador together with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), ReAct Latin America, and People’s Health Movement, Latin America.